The Colombian international spent five years in north London with the Gunners largely playing as a number two behind Petr Cech, making 70 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, all of which came during Arsene Wenger’s tenure at the club.
With the signing of Bernd Leno last summer, Ospina was promptly shipped out on loan to Napoli for the season where the 30-year-old managed to get more chances as a No.1 and the Sun reports that Arsenal received £3.1 million for the South American.
Although the number two goalkeeper spot might have been up for grabs at Arsenal with Cech now retired, it seems likely that Unai Emery has made his decision to make Emiliano Martinez the club’s option there, as reported by Goal.
Ospina managed 24 appearances for Napoli last season as Carlo Ancelotti’s side finished second in the league table for a second year in a row, but as judging by the goalkeeper’s list of starts for the Italian side via Transfermarkt, the former Arsenal man wasn’t a guaranteed starter every week.
Indeed, when the Serie A outfit came to north London to face off against the Gunners in the Europa League quarter-final, it was Meret who started in between the sticks for Napoli despite Ospina starting in every Champions League game earlier in the season, with the Colombian settling for the bench at the Emirates Stadium, despite being eligible to play against his parent club at the time.
However, this could be down to the clause in the Colombian’s loan agreement that meant if he was to play 25 times for Napoli it would activate a mandatory purchase clause valued at a reported £4 million as per the aforementioned Football London report.
The decision to sell Ospina is a good move for all parties involved. The ‘keeper returns to a big club where he was experiencing at least more first-team football than in north London whilst Arsenal manage to sell off their first player in what is likely to be a busy summer for the north London club as reported by talkSPORT.
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